foam takes off in the aerospace industry
- Rising demand for low-cost carrier airlines in emerging regions is contributing to growth in the global aerospace foam market
Flexible polyurethane products and rigid foam core materials are used throughout aircraft in a range of applications.
Specialist engineering polymers are used to create foams that meet the strict standards set by the aviation and aerospace industries. Flame-retardant and customizable, the foam materials are used in flight-deck pads and passenger cabin applications such as seating, overhead luggage bins, galleys, and lavatories, among other uses.
In space applications, a 2015 discovery found that lightweight composite metal foams can be used to absorb energy from impacts and block rays and radiation – a key finding for the aerospace industry, as the materials can be used in spacecraft.
In 2016, market research company Technavio released a market study forecasting growth in the global aerospace foam market at a CAGR of close to 8% through to 2020. Rising demand for low-cost carrier airlines in emerging regions and the high projected growth of the military aircraft manufacturing industry is behind ongoing growth in aircraft production, which is in turn boosting the global aerospace foam market. The report notes that the manufacture of new aircraft requires polyurethane foams, metal foams, and other types of foams that are required for the production of interior and exterior aircraft parts. Foam properties such as rigidity, tensile strength, and durability lend themselves to the material’s popularity.
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